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I eluded to it last time…it’s that time in the planning process for me to start thinking about what song I want Matt & I to dance to first as husband and wife (btw: soooo weird to think those words, let alone see them in print). Initially, I wanted us to polka dance to “In Heaven There is no Beer,” but Matt vetoed that, saying he wants to save the polka songs for the entire family later in the night. Obviously, that’s a big, fat excuse to get himself out of the potential embarrassment of that dance—but I still conceded. Hey, if a guy actually has an opinion/input on something, you have to use it, right?!  So now I’m thinking I want to do something kind of cheesy.  Yes, we’ll just be slow dancing, but I wouldn’t say we take ourselves all that seriously, so I’m at least leaning toward a 80s ballad or just something with corny lyrics.

 A working list so far:

 Chicago—“You’re My Inspiration” or “We Can Last Forever”

Journey—“Open Arms”

Berlin (from the Top Gun soundtrack)—“Take My Breath Away”

Bryan Adams—“Everything I Do, I Do it for You”

LeAnn Rimes—“How Do I Live”

Edwin McCain—“I’ll Be”

Debby Boone—“You Light Up My Life”

Dan Hill—“Sometimes When We Touch”

 Anybody have any songs to throw into contention? Any we don’t use for our first dance are still in consideration for use in our slideshow, so I’d certainly love to hear everybody’s suggestions.

Wedding week is here! Throughout my planning process I always felt like my wedding was an infinite date, and I am in total shock that is it a reality in only a few short days. I have finished all projects and now just need to pack all my materials up for drop offs on Friday. I will be picking my maid of honor, Jenna, up at the airport tomorrow morning and I cannot wait. I think having her here will bring me down to reality and calm me a little more. My mom has been such a HUGE help, running errands and finishing all crafts. She has the patience of a saint which is exactly what I need! ha! I am a little sad that this is my last blog post. I will miss sharing my experience with you all but I am beyond excited to be starting a new chapter in my life.

I have decided to pull my inspiration board back out from one of my first posts. It’s fun to see what has changed in my plans and what hasn’t. I do think my wedding plans look very similar to this board, especially the reception tables and flowers! I can’t wait to see it all come together. I know it will be beautiful.

Rustic Grace

I have been a big ball of nerves this week and took it to my friends for advice. I love asking other brides what they learned from their wedding experience and planning process. Here is what a few of my friends said:

Enjoy your reception and dance with your groom! I was too busy making sure I greeted everyone that I missed out on precious time on the dance floor. My husband and I love to dance together and I wish we would have spent more time together doing what we love.”

“Trust your bridesmaids and maid of honor. They will make sure everything is taken care of and will handle any problems that come up.”

“Don’t worry about the small details going wrong. Something may go wrong, but you never should let it ruin your day.”

After hearing what they said I decided starting today I am dropping all worry and anxiety over the day panning out exactly how I imagined. At this point, all that matters is that I am getting married to a wonderful man. Regardless of what happens, rain or shine, that will never change.



  • Nikki Moore - Congratulations again, Megan! It’s going to be a gorgeous day — enjoy it as much as you can. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dani - Congrats Megan, you will be such a beautiful bride! Enjoy your day 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Susan - If something goes wrong, just say, “Ah, that will be a great memory!”
    See you Friday…can’t wait!
    Love you, and yes, your mother does have the patience of a saint!ReplyCancel

  • K - Yay! It’s here! Congrats– you will be a STUNNING bride! xoxoReplyCancel

Last week, Jerad and I set aside time for a wedding planning dinner date (how do people find time for all of the planning while still working and carrying on other responsibilities?).  Jerad’s recent task that he’s been able to check off of our to-do list has been getting the DJ booked for our reception.  My first “real” job in high school was working for a caterer (doing primarily weddings), so I’ve seen many variations of the “wedding DJ” – some hot, some not-so-much…  Needless to say, I’ve been a little apprehensive about how we were going to be able to find the right person to take on the job.

Luckily for us, the search was a fairly quick one!  Over the summer, I was privileged to attend a super-fun wedding reception with a friend whose husband was out of town (so I got to be her +1 for the event).  I was impressed by the DJ right off the bat as he was greeting guests at the door of the reception venue.  As the evening progressed, he did an awesome job of keeping everything flowing on-schedule and interacting with the guests.  I didn’t hesitate to get his business card, and Jerad has since been able to get details in place with Complete Music. 

During our dinner date last week, we started going over the “wedding reception planner” paperwork.  It’s a great tool to get you thinking about what you’re expecting out of your DJ – out going vs. laid back, whether or not you want guests to be able to make requests, if you want to include icebreakers, etc.  As a result, over the course of the past week, I’ve been thinking about options for first dance songs, as well as my do-not-play list.  In my defense, that list is pretty short, so I don’t think I’m a complete Debbie Downer here:

  • “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang
  • “Love Shack” by the B-52s
  • “YMCA” by the Village People
  •  “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd – I’m pretty impartial to this particular song, but this is Jerad’s contribution to the list.
  • “Who Let the Dogs Out” by the Baha Men
  • “Chicken Dance” – This is on my list mainly because I’ve just never “gotten” it.  Even as a kid, I had no desire to flap my arms around.

 Maybe I’ve missed the mark here, but I’d be okay with never hearing these songs again at another wedding reception (or quite possibly ever, for that matter).  I guess the up-side for including these on your playlist is that most (if not all) of your guests will probably know them.

 I think it’ll definitely be a tough pick for our first dance.  My taste here certainly leans more toward the “classics”:

 What are your must-have songs for the ultimate party?  Are there any tunes that you just cannot wait to bust a move to on the dance floor?  Or others that you’d rather not have played again, too?  Let’s hear your thoughts!

 136 days to go!


  • Jessica Vodvarka - Katie, Congrats on your upcoming wedding! I just wanted to let you know that when i was in college i worked for Complete Music. I understand your do-not play list, but do keep in mind the DJ is going to get ALOT of people asking for the fun activity songs. As much as the DJ wants to uphold your wishes ( and usually as little scared of a bridzilla) his job is to entertain your guest. You may not love the chicken dance but alot of your guest may and going to a wedding where you can let loose and have fun are the ones the guest remember.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Jessica – Good to hear from you! Any thoughts on fun activity songs to do instead of the Chicken Dance, etc.? Obviously the Cha Cha Slide & Cupid Shuffle are pretty popular. I don’t mind those. But after having worked hundreds of wedding receptions myself, there are just a few songs I could personally go wihout. I think it’ll be interesting to see what our guests do request – it’ll be a pretty eclectic group! 🙂

    And, at the risk of sounding like a bridezilla, Jerad’s DNPL is growing in length, too. He now wants to veto TCOB & You Never Even Called Me By My Name.ReplyCancel